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Remove Ads by PhraseFinder

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as PhraseFinder ads, PhraseFinder adware, PhraseFinder virus | Type: Adware

What is PhraseFinder?

PhraseFinder is a free and legitimate tool that is promoted as a very useful browser plug-in for those who are studying. As you have probably understood, it allows accessing various phrases without even leaving the page that you are surfing thru. It seems that many people have fallen into believing that this service is reliable since this app is very widely spread these days. However, there are more that one distribution method used for spreading this app. PhraseFinder virus may slither onto random computers bundled with other freewares and sharewares. No matter which way it has infiltrated your computer, we recommend eliminating it in order to keep your PC safe. Security experts have already categorized PhraseFinder as an adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) since it seems to be used for affiliate marketing mainly. It has been noticed that it tends to hijack all most popular web browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer and allow third parties to access user’s browsing history, bookmarks, search terms, IP address, email address and similar information. In the first place gathered information is used for advertising purposes. However, no one guarantees that it won’t be used for other suspicious purposes. In addition to that, it is responsible for driving visitors’ traffic to predetermined websites. However, you can never be sure what websites it seeks to promote. In the worst case scenario, ‘Ads by PhraseFinder’ may reroute you to suspicious websites filled with questionable content and cause infiltration of other potentially unwanted programs. Finally, if you want to prevent system slowdowns, security holes, flood of annoying advertisements, redirects to suspicious websites and other inconveniences, we recommend you to use Reimage Reimage Cleaner , run a full system scan and delete PhraseFinder adware right away.


How can PhraseFinder hijack my computer?

PhraseFinder ads may turn your browsing sessions to hell. You may continuously be chased by pop-up, pop-under, banner, in-text and other forms of advertisements no matter if you want to see them or not. In most of the cases, these advertisements inform about various commercials, such as discounts, deals, offers, price comparisons and so on. However, you should be careful and try not to click on them due to a high-risk of PhraseFinder redirects to questionable or unsafe websites. Generally speaking, adware-type programs are not considered to be malicious; however, security experts to not recommend keeping them since they may open a backdoor to other potentially unwanted programs or even viruses. If you want to prevent all inconveniences that adwares are capable of causing, you should avoid installing them on your computer. Probably you already known that PUPs are, usually, traveling bundled with other freewares and sharewares. Therefore, you have to be extra careful when installing free software and opt out of additional components, such as PhraseFinder, that your selected program may be filled with. For that, you should use all your attentiveness and select Advanced or Custom installation option every time. If you suspect that this adware has already slithered onto your machine, do not wait long and eliminate it right away.

How can I remove PhraseFinder virus?

It should not be difficult to delete PhraseFinder virus from your computer if you will follow the guide that is given below and perform every step in the right order:

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To remove PhraseFinder ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of PhraseFinder from Windows systems

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall PhraseFinder and related programs
    Here, look for PhraseFinder or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Delete PhraseFinder from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for PhraseFinder or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove PhraseFinder from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for PhraseFinder and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete PhraseFinder removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall PhraseFinder ads from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, PhraseFinder should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase PhraseFinder from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select PhraseFinder and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete PhraseFinder removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate PhraseFinder from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select PhraseFinder and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete PhraseFinder removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of PhraseFinder from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for PhraseFinder or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete PhraseFinder removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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